Terrorism

Why did Obama stay home?

Featured image Just about everyone has offered an opinion as to why President Obama stayed away from the Paris anti-terrorism rally and why he sent no top administration official. I have a theory which I’ll offer momentarily. Let me begin, though, by saying that I don’t think it’s a big deal that Obama didn’t go. The massive turnout of ordinary Parisians was important because their appearances were sincere. It’s heartening that such »

The Good, the Bad and the Crazy

Featured image Reactions to the terrorist attacks in Paris have covered a broad gamut. In the good category I put the Muslim Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, who explained on Dutch television what radical Muslims who don’t want to live in a free society should do: Heh. It’s a rare moment of candor in politics. In the bad category, we have Turkey’s President Recep Erdoğan, who disgraced himself with these bigoted ramblings: »

Midweek in Pictures: Special Paris Mis-Match Edition

Featured image Can’t wait until Saturday to share all of the memes piling up about Obama’s egregious decision to skip the largest political gathering in Western Europe since World War II.  I recall being in Europe in December 2008, shortly after Obama’s election, and just about every European I met was giddy over Obama.  I wonder what they think of him now.  Have they figured out that he’s just not that into »

Time for a “backlash” in Europe

Featured image It’s a familiar pattern in the U.S. and in Europe: within hours of a terrorist attacks by Islamists, the media begins fretting about an impending “backlash” against Muslims. Thus, the Washington Post informs us that “the terrorist violence [in Paris] is fueling fears of a backlash against Muslims, particuarly among France’s community of 5 million, the largest in Europe.” But what to a liberal is “backlash” may, to a more »

A Pack, Not a Lone Wolf

Featured image This post is a companion to the one immediately below. One of the ways liberal politicians and commentators have used to minimize terrorist attacks is to attribute them all to “lone wolves.” Being a lone wolf is a step below the junior varsity, apparently. In the case of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, countless media outlets rushed to give it the “lone wolf” label, even though there were at least two »

What Was Obama Thinking? A Plausible Answer

Featured image We wrote here about President Obama’s seemingly bizarre decision to stay away from the anti-terrorism rally in Paris, which was attended by more than a million people and led by more than 40 heads of state [or other high-ranking dignitaries]. This morning White House spokesman Josh Earnest fell on his sword, admitting to reporters that the administration erred by not attending the Paris unity march: “I think it’s fair to »

Is Islam “a religion of peace”?

Featured image The question has an essentialist ring to it, and thus is probably best left unasked. Indeed, I doubt it would be discussed had not two American presidents referred to Islam as a religion of peace. But Presidents Bush and Obama raised the issue and so we’re stuck with the debate. Max Boot offers a sensible perspective: Is Islam a religion of peace, as many claim, or is it a religion »

Breaking: CENTCOM Hacked

Featured image Good grief: just as Obama is giving a speech on cybersecurity to the Federal Trade Commission, the Twitter and YouTube accounts of U.S. Central Command—CENTCOM—have been hacked and taken over by someone claiming to be ISIS: The Twitter account for U.S. Central Command was hacked Monday while President Barack Obama was delivering an address about cybersecurity at the Federal Trade Commission. The hack, by an individual or group claiming to »

Holder’s homily

Featured image Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris yesterday. Holder had time to make the rounds of the Sunday morning gabfests, but notto join the million-plus throng marching with more than 40 heads of state from around the world somewhere outside the studio with Holder’s satellite uplink. Both the New York Post and the New York Daily News note Holder’s absence from the march. The gabfest maestros could have asked what »

Where Was Obama? (Update: Steve Answers)

Featured image Tonight in Paris, up to three million people marched to support freedom of speech and to defy Islamic terrorism. They were led by more than 40 heads of state–along with France’s President Francois Hollande, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister David Cameron, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and dozens more. But no high-ranking American official attended. Barack Obama did not join his fellow leaders. Nor did he send Joe Biden, John Kerry–whose »

A Reminder from . . . Woody Allen?

Featured image It is not often that I turn to Woody Allen for practical wisdom—or any other kind of wisdom—but John Podhoretz brings to our attention a fragment of dialogue from Manhattan that fits the Charlie Hebdo aftermath just right: “Has anybody read that Nazis are gonna march in New Jersey, you know? We should go there, get some guys together. Get some bricks and baseball bats and explain things to ‘em.” »

Obama calls extremely stupid confab

Featured image President Obama performed the obligatory characterization of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week as “cowardly” and “evil.” “Evil” it certainly was. “Cowardly” would probably be an adjective more appropriate to the Obama administration’s characterization of Islamist terrorism as “violent extremism,” though “stupid” certainly shouldn’t be overlooked either. President Obama and his administration refuse to identify the ideology that inspires our enemy. They continue to yammer incessantly »

We’re Not All Charlie

Featured image “I am Charlie” has been ubiquitous on signs and in hashtags since the Paris terrorist attacks. But not everyone identifies with the victims of the Islamic murders; some blame them for provoking their own murders, or see the attacks as an opportunity to ride their usual hobbyhorses. Grabien has compiled this montage of victim-blaming in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders: And then there is al Jazeera. Leaked emails »

The Power Line Show, Episode 7: Claire Berlinski Reporting From Paris

Featured image Journalist and novelist Claire Berlinski was a witness to the Charlie Hebdo attack and has followed subsequent events from her home in Paris. We caught up with her an hour or two ago to get her impressions of the last few days, and what they will mean for French society, law enforcement and anti-terror efforts. The conversation is lively, and the news is up to the minute. Simply tap above »

Breaking News: Terrorists Dead, Hostages Freed [More Updates: Hostages Reportedly Killed]

Featured image French police reportedly launched simultaneous raids on the Charlie Hebdo terrorists at their hideout in Dammartin-en-Goele and on the kosher grocery store in Paris where a third terrorist has been holding hostages. Preliminary reports are that all three terrorists are dead, and all hostages have been freed. This seems to be confirmed as to the Kouachi brothers, less certain as to Amedy Coulibaly and the grocery store hostages. Great news »

In Paris, a Coda In a Kosher Grocery

Featured image It is hard to keep up with all the news from France: the terrorist who killed a police woman on Thursday is now believed to have connections of some sort with the Kouachi brothers; the brothers have taken a hostage and have told police they want to die a “martyr’s death”; and Amedy Coulibaly, the terrorist who killed the police woman, accompanied by a female accomplice, has attacked a kosher »

Cowardice Masquerades As Principle at the New York Times

Featured image The New York Times, unlike many other newspapers, refuses to publish any of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. The cartoons obviously have news value, as they were the occasion for the murder of twelve people in Paris, and readers may want to know what the murderers thought they were avenging. But the overriding concern, executive editor Dean Baquet tells us, is that the Times must not offend: »